How does a multi-agency response lower the risk posed to missing children becoming a victim of sexual exploitation?

Stadius, Jonathan (2015) How does a multi-agency response lower the risk posed to missing children becoming a victim of sexual exploitation? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Until recently, the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) has largely been hidden from public eye. In 2013, a study into CSE revealed there is not one fully joined up multi-agency collaboration addressing CSE and this is putting children at unnecessary risk (Berelowitz et al, 2013, p 15). A comprehensive literature review undertaken into this subject has established that there is a gap within it, addressing how a multi-agency response, in particular involving the Police Service, actually reduces the risk of CSE when children go missing.
    In April 2014, a Police Service within the UK launched a dedicated missing persons unit with the aim being, to reduce missing episodes and reduce the risk of CSE. To achieve this aim, this Police Service has collaborated with Barnardos, providing a multi-agency approach to tackle this issue. Central to this collaboration, is the move towards Barnardos completing return interviews when missing children are found and returned home.
    In order to gauge the impact of this innovation, an explorative case study using a mixed research methodology, has been undertaken. Firstly, comparative data exploring the occasions a sample of 87 children went missing before and after their initial return interview with Barnardos has been examined. Following this, data exploring how the Police Service and Barnardos risk assess children to identify CSE, has been analysed. 4 semi-structured interviews have then been carried out, with practitioners working within the collaboration, in order to gain their insight of this multi-agency partnership aimed at reducing CSE.
    The results from this study have identified that, where a return interview is completed by Barnardos, the collaboration is having a positive impact in terms of reducing missing episodes and identifying risk factors associated with CSE.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 11:17
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 11:17

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